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Back before Java became popular, I was a C++ bigot. I programmed in nothing but C++. I lived, ate and breathed C++. If it wasn't C++, it was rubbish. I thought C++ was the alpha and omega of object-oriented programming. I had "operator overloading" for breakfast, "templates" for lunch and "multiple inheritance" for dinner, and I always went back for seconds. Then a funny thing happened. I got a new job at another company as a C++ programmer. But they pulled the old bait and switch. Once I started working, someone suggested writing a good portion of a large project in a scripting language. I protested - I would not condescend to program in any other language but C++. Shortly after I started at this new company the following edict was put forth: "Thou shall use a scripting language." Thus I was forced by management to write a good portion of the project in a high-leve... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "Spring Good!"

"JSF Good!" Says Rick Hightower If you have not looked into Spring yet, it is time. Here is why you should! Grady Booch once said that the great thing about objects is that they can be replaced. The great thing about Spring is it helps you replace them. With Spring, you simply inject collaborating objects called dependencies using JavaBeans properties and configuration files. Then it's easy enough to switch out collaborating objects when you need to. Spring allows you to dynamically add services to objects called aspects. This is similar to the Decorator Design pattern, but does n... (more)

Developing with DCOM & Java

Developing distributed components with Java and DCOM (distributed component object model) simplifies developing distributed applications. If you know CORBA or RMI, DCOM is easy to learn. Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine makes developing COM and DCOM components painless. DCOM currently ships with the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 operating systems. It's also available for download for the Windows 95 operating system. In addition, there are efforts to make DCOM available on a number of UNIX platforms. Many of the Java application server providers, such as BEA's WebLogic J... (more)

Interesting Times in the Java Enterprise

Robert F. Kennedy once said, "There is a Chinese curse which says, 'May he live in interesting times.'" The enterprise Java space is "interesting." Not too long ago, folks like Bruce Tate, Gavin King, and Rod Johnson were pushing lightweight frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate, and there is still a lot of true innovation going on with AspectJ, Spring, Hibernate, WebWork, JBoss (method invocation handlers), and more. This lightweight POJO revolution shook the enterprise Java world. Having endured building applications with EJB 2.x and Struts, using Spring and Hibernate was lik... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Google's GWT "May Change Web Development Forever"

Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all. Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development. Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a ... (more)